The Complete Carolan Songs & Airs

This CD edition book includes 226 airs on 4 CDs played on a neo-Irish harp by Caitriona Rowsome.

This comprehensive collection gives a unique perspective to the music and songs of the great Irish harper-composer, Turlough Carolan (1670-1738). Caitríona Rowsome has combined Carolan’s surviving airs with sensitive and appropriate harp settings, metrically matching them with Carolan’s surviving lyrics for the airs. Many of the airs are not commonly known as songs, and some include lyrics published here for the first time. For each of Carolan’s Irish songs, an English interpretation is also provided.


A must-have for all Carolan enthusiasts.’ Áine Ní Dhubhghaill, Royal Irish Academy of Music

List of tracks in the Complete Carolan Songs & Airs, played on the accompanying 4-CD set by Caitríona on a neo-Irish harp.

  CD 1   (Tune Numbers 1-60)

 Track No. Tune Name                                  

  1.  Lady Athenry                                           
  2.  Mrs. Bermingham – First Air                     
  3. *Mrs. Bermingham – Second Air                  
  4.  James Betagh                                           
  5.  Lady Blayney                                           
  6.  George Brabazon – First Air               
  7. *George Brabazon – Second Air            
  8.  Sir Ulick Burke                                  
  9.  Sir Festus Burke                                
  10.  Lady Laetitia Burke                                  
  11.  The Honourable Thomas Burke                   
  12.  Isabella Burke                                           
  13.  Thomas Burke                                          
  14.  Planxty Burke                                            
  15.  Mrs. Cole                                                 
  16.  Nancy Cooper – First Air                           
  17. *Nancy Cooper – Second Air                        
  18.  Sir Charles Coote                                       
  19.  Edward Corcoran                                      
  20.  Mrs. Costello                                            
  21.  Planxty Crilly                                            
  22.  Sir Edward Crofton                                   
  23.  James Crofton                                           
  24.  Mrs. Crofton                                            
  25.  Miss Crofton                                            
  26.  Bridget Cruise – First Air                            
  27.  Bridget Cruise – Second Air                        
  28.  Bridget Cruise – Third Air                          
  29. *Bridget Cruise – Fourth Air                        
  30. *Richard Cusack                                         
  31.  James Daly                                               
  32.  Dr. Delany                                               
  33.  Mrs. Delany                                              
  34.  Lord Dillon                                              
  35.  Lady Dillon                                              
  36.  Gerald Dillon                                           
  37.  Fanny Dillon                                            
  38.  Counsellor Dillon                                      
  39.  Luke Dillon                                              
  40.  Edward Dodwell                                        
  41.  Planxty Drew                                            
  42.  John Drury – First Air                               
  43.  John Drury – Second Air                            
  44.  William Eccles                                          
  45.  Mrs. Edwards                                            
  46.  Mrs. Fallon                                              
  47.  Mrs. Farrell                                              
  48.  Miss Fetherston | Carolan’s Devotion           
  49.  Mrs. Garvey – First Air                              
  50.  Mrs. Garvey – Second Air                           
  51. *Lady Gethin                                              
  52.  Miss Goulding                                          
  53.  Dr. John Hart, Bishop of Achonry              
  54.  Mrs. Harwood                                          
  55.  Robert Hawkes                                         
  56.  Hewlett                                                    
  57.  Captain Higgins                                        
  58.  Lord Inchiquin                                          
  59.  Colonel John Irwin                                    
  60.  Colonel Irwin           

CD 2   (Tune Numbers 61-129)          

Track No. Tune Name                     

  1.  John Jameson
  2.  Baptist Johnston                                        
  3.  John Jones                                                 
  4.  Loftus Jones                                              
  5.  Thomas Morres Jones | Bumper Squire Jones      
  6.  Robert Jordan                                                              
  7.  Thomas Judge | Carolan’s Frolic                 
  8.  Mrs. Judge                                                
  9.  Mrs. Keel                                                  
  10.  Daniel Kelly                                              
  11.  Hugh Kelly                                               
  12.  John Kelly                                                 
  13.  Mabel Kelly                                              
  14.  Patrick Kelly                                             
  15.  Susanna Kelly                                            
  16.  Planxty Kelly                                             
  17.  Lord Louth                                               
  18.  Henry MacDermott Roe – First Air             
  19.  Henry MacDermott Roe – Second Air          
  20.  Henry MacDermott Roe – Third Air            
  21.  Mrs. MacDermott Roe                               
  22.  Mrs. Anne MacDermott Roe                       
  23.  Elizabeth MacDermott Roe                         
  24.  Father Brian MacDermott Roe                    
  25.  Edmond MacDermott Roe                          
  26.  John MacDermott                                     
  27.  Miss MacDermott | The Princess Royal       
  28. *Dolly MacDonough                                          
  29.  Dr. MacMahon, Bishop of Clogher             
  30.  Miss MacMurray                                      
  31.  Betty MacNeill                                          
  32.  Morgan Magan                                         
  33.  Captain Magan                                          
  34.  Kitty Magennis                                          
  35.  Brian Maguire
  36.  Constantine Maguire
  37.  Mr. Malone
  38.  Margaret Malone
  39.  Catherine Martin
  40.  Lord Massereene
  41.  Mrs. Maxwell – First Air
  42.  Mrs. Maxwell – Second Air
  43.  John Moore
  44.  Peggy Morton
  45.  Miss Murphy
  46.  Miss Noble                                              
  47.  John Nugent                                             
  48.  Mrs. Nugent                                             
  49.  Elizabeth Nugent                                       
  50.  Grace Nugent                                            
  51.  Betty O’Brien                                            
  52. *Donal O’Brien                                          
  53.  Mr. O’Connor                                           
  54.  John O’Connor                                          
  55.  Maurice O’Connor – First Air                     
  56.  Maurice O’Connor – Second Air                 
  57.  Maurice O’Connor – Third Air                   
  58.  Mrs. O’Connor                                         
  59.  Dr. O’Connor                                           
  60.  Michael O’Connor – First Air                     
  61.  Michael O’Connor – Second Air                  
  62.  Denis O’Connor – First Air                        
  63. *Denis O’Connor – Second Air                     
  64.  Mrs. O’Conor                                           
  65.  Charles O’Conor                                       
  66.  Colonel Manus O’Donnell                          
  67.  Hugh O’Donnell                                       
  68.  O’Flinn
  69.  Colonel O’Hara

CD 3   (Tune Numbers 130-190)         

Track No. Tune Name                                      

  1.  Kean O’Hara – First Air                             
  2.  Kean O’Hara – Second Air                         
  3. *Kean O’Hara – Third Air                           
  4.  Captain O’Kane                                         
  5.  Katherine O’More                                
  6.  Mrs. O’Neill of Carlane                             
  7.  Mrs. O’Neill                                             
  8.  Mary O’Neill |Carolan’s Favourite Jig         
  9.  O’Reilly of Athcarne                                 
  10.  Conor O’Reilly                                          
  11.  John O’Reilly – First Air                            
  12. *John O’Reilly – Second Air                         
  13.  Owen O’Rourke                                        
  14.  Mrs. O’Rourke                                          
  15.  Planxty O’Rourke – First Air                      
  16.  Planxty O’Rourke – Second Air                   
  17.  Frank Palmer                                            
  18. *Squire Parsons                                           
  19.  Tobias Peyton                                            
  20. *John Peyton                                               
  21.  Eleanor Plunkett                                        
  22.  James Plunkett                                           
  23.  Planxty Plunkett                                        
  24.  David Power                                             
  25.  Mrs. Power | Carolan’s Concerto
  26.  Mrs. Power | Carolan’s Concerto (Tune Number 154a)
  27.  Fanny Power                                             
  28.  Mervyn Pratt                                             
  29.  George Reynolds                                        
  30. *Lady St. John                                            
  31.  Sir Arthur Shaen                                       
  32.  Major Shanly                                            
  33.  Dr. John Stafford | Carolan’s Receipt           
  34.  Mrs. Sterling                                             
  35.  Captain Sudley | Carolan’s Dowry               
  36.  Planxty Sweeney                                         
  37.  Mr. Waller                                                
  38.  Mrs. Waller                                               
  39.  William Ward                                           
  40.  Planxty Wilkinson                                     
  41.  Lady Wrixon                                             
  42.  General Wynne                                         
  43.  Untitled I | Carolan’s Welcome                   
  44.  Untitled II                                                
  45.  Untitled III                                               
  46.  Untitled IV | Planxty Safaigh                            
  47. *Untitled V                                                
  48. *Untitled VI                                               
  49. *Untitled VII | Planxty O’Carolan                
  50. *Untitled VIII | Planxty O’Neill                  
  51. *Untitled IX | Planxty Scott                        
  52. *Untitled X | Planxty Browne                       
  53. *All Alive                                                   
  54. *Blind Mary                                               
  55.  Carolan’s Cap                                            
  56.  Carolan’s Cottage                                              
  57. *Carolan’s Cup                                            
  58.  Carolan’s Draught                                      
  59. *Carolan’s Dream                                               
  60.  Carolan’s Farewell to Music                              
  61.  Carolan’s Maggot                                              
  62.  Carolan’s Quarrel with the Landlady 

CD 4   (Tune Numbers 191-226)         

Track No. Tune Name                         

  1.  Carolan’s Ramble to Cashel                         
  2.  Cremonea                                                 
  3.  The Dark, Plaintive Youth                           
  4.  The Elevation                                            
  5.  The Fairy Queen                                       
  6. *The Landlady                                            
  7. *Ode to Whiskey
  8. *One Bottle More                                        
  9.  The O’Rourkes’ Feast                                 
  10. *The Seas are Deep                                      
  11.  Separation of Soul and Body                       
  12.  Sheebeg and Sheemore                                
  13. *The Two William Davises                           
  14.  Variations on the Scottish Air ‘Cock Up Your Beaver’   
  15.  Variations on the Scottish Air ‘When She Cam Ben’                                                                                     
  16.  Lament for Sir Ulick Burke                        
  17. *The Clergy’s Lamentation                           
  18. *Lord Galway’s Lamentation                         
  19.  Lament for Charles MacCabe                      
  20.  Lament for Terence MacDonough                
  21.  Lament for Owen Roe O’Neill                    
  22.  Lament for Owen O’Rourke                        
  23.  Squire Wood’s Lamentation on the Refusal of his Halfpence                                                                 
  24.  Captain O’Neill                                        
  25. *Athlone                                                    
  26. *Banks of the Shannon                                
  27. *Cuir Do Cheann Dileas                              
  28. *Faillte Na Miosc                                       
  29. *Farewell to Lough Neaghe                           
  30. *Irish Galloway Tom                                    
  31. *The Lamentation of Ireland                        
  32. *The Merry Maids of Connaught                 
  33. *Port Gordon                                             
  34. *Righin Aluin Aribhin Og                            
  35. *Sorridh Leat a Naomhaig                           
  36. *Uillagan Dubh O

     * Attributions marked with an asterisk, while like Carolan’s style of composing and, in certain cases, found ascribed and credited to Carolan in extant manuscripts or printed sources, in the absence of conclusive evidence, may or may not be by Carolan.

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